Oprah Winfrey has learned to strike while the iron is hot, and the talk-show host wants to sit down with embattled neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman soon.
“Top of my list right now would be Mr. Zimmerman. I would like to talk to him,” Oprah told “Extra,” naming who she’d most like to chat with next.
“It is a tragedy and it is a shame that we’re sitting here 33 days later, and there hasn’t been an arrest or questioning of actually what happened. It’s a tragedy, and it is a shame, and we all know it,” Oprah said.
Although the case of Trayvon Martin, a teen who was gunned down while walking through a middle-class neighborhood, is reminiscent of something that would have happened before the Civil Rights Movement, Oprah said things aren’t quite as bad as they were back then.
“I saw some people on Twitter saying, ‘Well, has nothing changed? The same things are going on….’ Yeah, lots has changed. You know why because Black people, White people, brown people, yellow people all over the country and all over the world are saying the same thing: ‘It’s a tragedy and it’s a shame and justice needs to be served,’” Oprah said.
George, the Hispanic man who fatally shot Trayvon, has virtually been in hiding since the calls for justice gained national attention. The $10,000 bounty put on his head by the New Black Panther Party may have something to do with his reluctance to appear in public.
Also, reports suggest that George is now being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Watch more of the interview below.
—Tracy L. Scott
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